I get a doctor’s note to be dismissed for jury duty. There is no way I can 1) concentrate on all proceedings, if my bg’s are bouncing around, 2) they aren’t going to want to stop a trial and idle the judge, jury, bailiffs, court recorder, and spectators, while I go take care of my bg’s. Therefore, despite wanting to do my civic duty, I refrain from being a distraction to the courts, by opting out.
When I say “concentrate” I mean two things: 1) my bg’s are so low that I can’t think, and 2) my anxiety about my bg’s (esp. when it is dropping, or is already close to a hypo) keeps me from being able to focus on the goings-on in a trial.
That’s not to say that I’m always nervous, but it happens at the most inopportune times and I don’t want to be a distraction.
The courts do not want someone to serve that is going to be a distraction. I discussed my issues with the court the FIRST time I opted out. They were totally on board with my doctor’s “excuse”. I’ve since been excused at least 3 or 4 more times.